Schwind boosted Williamston/Haslett

Schwind boosted Williamston/Haslett

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Schwind boosted Williamston/Haslett

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Brandon Schwind took over a program that had a .500 record in 2010.

Haslett/Williamston finished 12-7, took second place in the CAAC and finished ranked 15th in Division 2 by LaxPower.com his first season before improving to 13-5 and fourth in Division 2 this spring.

For building a program that is competitive among the state’s best, Schwind has been named Lansing State Journal boys lacrosse coach of the year.

Schwind moved to Michigan after coaching at NCAA Division III Washington University of St. Louis, Mo., but wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue.

He checked into and then decided to accept the coaching position with Haslett/Williamston.

“It was really all about changing the culture of lacrosse here,” he said. “It was not taken seriously.

“Changing the work ethic paid its dividends, not to say that there haven’t been growing pains. But the kids and assistant coaches made it an easy transition. They are hungry to be successful, and have grown accustomed to a different style of play and expectations.”

Schwind especially credited assistant Chuck Holton.

“I wouldn’t have done this without him,” Schwind said. “He’s been my right-hand man with his passion, love of the game and organizing ability.”

Haslett/Williamston had two players earn all-state in 2011 and six this spring.

“We had multiple players have the best season they have had, we beat Okemos for the first time in program history and we went further in the MHSAA playoffs,” Schwind said.

The Vikings defeated East Lansing 11-4 before losing to eventual Division 2 semifinalist Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook/Kingswood 14-8 in a pre-regional final.

“We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re getting there,” he said. “We have become a formidable opponent.”

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